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  • NORWICH, Vt.— The Vermont town of Norwich is now the first community in the state where all municipal buildings get their electricity from the sun through a deal with a local solar provider that sends more power from the sun onto the electric grid than is used in town buildings. But the financial savings is only a part of the reason the town signed the deal with...

  • Clarification: New England Energy story Friday, 24 Apr 2015 | 11:20 AM ET

    HARTFORD, Conn.— In a story April 23 about energy policy, The Associated Press reported that five of New England' s six governors said they would work across the region while each state pursues individual projects. New England governors discuss ways to chop energy prices. HARTFORD, Conn.— New England' s governors agreed Thursday to a mix of regional and state actions...

  • TICONDEROGA, N.Y.— After cost increases scuttled plans for a natural gas pipeline beneath Lake Champlain, a northern New York paper company is going to get its natural gas by truck. NG Advantage, based in Colchester, Vermont, says it has signed a contract to deliver compressed natural gas to International Paper's Ticonderoga mill. International Paper scrapped...

  • HARTFORD, Conn.— New England' s governors agreed Thursday to a mix of regional and state actions to cut persistently high energy costs. "But if you're going to pursue an all-options approach on something like this, you need to do it on a collaborative basis, working with those who also rely on the same grid we rely on in Massachusetts." In one joint effort, Connecticut,...

  • WASHINGTON— Weeks before a key surveillance law expires, Senate Republicans have introduced a bill that would allow the National Security Agency to continue collecting the calling records of nearly every American. The measure by Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and intelligence committee Chairman Richard Burr would bypass Senate committees and...

  • Vermont unemployment rate drops to 3.8 percent Tuesday, 21 Apr 2015 | 3:38 PM ET

    MONTPELIER, Vt.— The Vermont Department of Labor says the state's unemployment rate fell one-tenth of a percentage point in March to 3.8 percent. Vermont Labor Commissioner Annie Noonan says the state's economy was bolstered by a successful 2014-2015 ski season. Around the state, the unemployment rate ranged from 2.9 percent in the Burlington and South...

  • WASHINGTON— Republican or Democrat, the next president will have the chance to remake the nation's health care overhaul without fighting Congress. A Democrat in the White House probably would use the waiver to build bridges to Republican governors and state legislators opposed to the law. But "you would be hard pressed to find a state that doesn't know what...

  • Correction: Vermont-Gun Restrictions story Friday, 17 Apr 2015 | 12:08 PM ET

    MONTPELIER, Vt.— In a story April 16 about a bill to put restrictions on guns in Vermont, The Associated Press misreported what a lawmaker said. Vermont House advances bill placing new restrictions on guns. MONTPELIER, Vt.— The Vermont House gave preliminary approval Thursday to a bill to allow the state prosecution of some convicted criminals for possession of...

  • MONTPELIER, Vt.— A state audit report released Thursday finds serious problems remain with the troubled Vermont Health Connect insurance exchange and questions whether the state can meet deadlines for needed system developments to address the shortcomings. The exchange continues to be plagued by enrollment, renewals, payments and security problems, even...

  • AUGUSTA, Maine— The creator of powdered alcohol is furiously trying to fend off efforts to ban the product in Maine and across the country before it even hits stores. But first, Phillips must convince skeptical lawmakers from Hawaii to Maine, who are working frantically to keep powdered alcohol off limits. Mick Devin, a Democrat who introduced a bill to ban...

  • Union Bankshares posts 1Q profit Wednesday, 15 Apr 2015 | 3:48 PM ET

    MORRISVILLE, Vt. _ Union Bankshares Inc. on Wednesday reported first-quarter net income of $1.9 million. The bank, based in Morrisville, Vermont, said it had earnings of 42 cents per share. This story was generated by Automated Insights using data from Zacks Investment Research.

  • CONCORD, N.H.— Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's call for governors to defy proposed federal rules to limit pollution has been met with mostly silence, but leaders in downwind New England states and drought-stricken areas in the West are pushing back. Maggie Hassan, also a Democrat, pointed to efforts there, including the Regional Greenhouse Gas...

  • QUEBEC CITY, Quebec, April 14- Quebec is in talks with Ontario to sell Hydro-Québec's surplus hydroelectrical power to the neighbouring province and hopes to have an agreement soon, a senior government minister said on Tuesday. "I have been discussing with the Ontario government," Quebec Energy Minister Pierre Arcand said in a telephone interview from New York.

  • MONTPELIER, Vt.— A Montpelier think tank has seized on a recent analysis from the Vermont Legislature's nonpartisan Joint Fiscal Office to argue that the state has more capacity to raise taxes than it is using. But JFO data trumpeted by the Public Assets Institute has been getting a cool reception from the Shumlin administration and legislative leaders, and on...

  • Shumlin says he supports paid sick days bill Tuesday, 14 Apr 2015 | 1:25 PM ET

    The governor said a key change is that the measure as now written would not place any new administrative burdens on Vermont businesses that already are providing paid time off benefits equal to or better than what's called for in the bill. Sarah Copeland Hanzas of Bradford and Tristan Toleno of Brattleboro, both small business owners who said they opposed last...

  • BURLINGTON, Vt.— The parents of a Vermont woman who died last year have sued Botox maker Allergan, saying treatment of her cerebral palsy with Botox contributed to her death. In a federal lawsuit filed April 9, the parents of 21- year-old Mandy Fortuna alleged that Allergan failed to warn of Botox dangers, were negligent and breached the Vermont Consumer Fraud Act.

  • PORTLAND, Maine— The sponsor of a Maine law that requires food producers to label foods containing genetically modified ingredients says state lawmakers are misguided in their effort to repeal the law's trigger provision. Harvell said Maine risks the possibility of food producers pulling products from the state if there isn't a critical mass of other...

  • ALBANY, N.Y.— Public health advocates urged New York state lawmakers Monday to require labels on sugary drinks to warn consumers about the dangers of obesity, diabetes and tooth decay. Sharon Akabas, a professor at Columbia University's Institute of Human Nutrition, told state lawmakers Monday that labels could discourage the consumption of products linked...

  • The WHO's cancer arm, the International Agency for Research on Cancer, said glyphosate, the active ingredient in the Monsanto Co herbicide Roundup, was "classified as probably carcinogenic to humans." Monsanto, the world's largest seed company, said scientific data do not support the conclusions and called on the WHO to hold an urgent meeting to explain the...

  • "Sharpening the definition of insider trading will clear up ambiguity in the law and help repair a broken system," Reed, a Rhode Island Democrat who like Menendez is a member of the Senate Banking Committee, said in a statement. If enacted, the legislation would broaden what constitutes insider trading following the December ruling by the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of...